First steps with the HC-05 on the BeagleBone Black

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Wireless communication between an embedded device and PC or smartphone is easily accomplished using the HC-05 bluetooth module. The BeagleBone is a great tool to explore the features of it and one can even settle with bluetooth in his final application.
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Data logging and graphing using RRDtool

hourlyWhen it comes to logging some data over a long period of time, RRDtool is a convenient solution. Creating and updating the RRD database is simple, graphing is fairly easy as well. To make the graphs available over the web, I chose to install the lighttpd web server.
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Getting started with the ADS1248 on the BeagleBone Black

ADS1248_BBB_buildIn this tutorial I’ll show you how to acquire analog data with the BeagleBone Black using the ADS1248 analog-to-digital converter IC. Although the BeagleBone has an onboard 8-channel 12 bit ADC, you might need either more channels or a better resolution. The ADS1248 has 4 differential/7 single-ended inputs and a resolution of 24 bits. Furthemore, the ADS1248 has a built-in current source which can be multiplexed to an analog input or a dedicated pin making a ratiometric resistance measurement pretty straightforward (however, in this introductory post I will not make use of this).

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